The University of Texas at Austin - South Asia Institute FLAS Fellowship - Summer - Graduate Student Application

The highly competitive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship assists meritorious students undergoing intensive training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. The summer FLAS fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend and institutional payments (tuition and course-related fees) up to $5,000. Summer FLAS recipients must enroll in an approved intensive modern South Asian language study program for which the fellowship is granted. SASLI (at the University of Wisconsin) and AIIS (in various places in India) are the most common programs used, but you may attend other US universities or other schools in India, such as the Landour Language School for Intermediate Hindi, if the syllabus is approved and there are at least 150 class contact hours during the fellowship period.

SAI offers academic year funding for the following languages: Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Pashto, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, and other approved contemporary South Asian languages.

Graduate students from all fields of study, and from all departments and colleges are eligible to apply for FLAS funding, as long as the student:

• Is a citizen, or a national or permanent resident of the United States;
• Is in a program of study that combines modern foreign language training with an area or international studies emphasis or;
• Is engaged in research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study related to the region of funding;
• Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training;
• Is engaged in pre-dissertation study, preparation for dissertation research, or, in certain cases, dissertation research abroad, or dissertation writing.

Please Note: Awards will not be made to native speakers of the language nor those who possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought.

In addition to this form, a completed application must include:
• Official academic transcripts
• Two letters of academic reference with reference forms
• One letter of language reference with reference form.

To download Reference Forms (PDF 279KB), please go to the following link:

Please have transcripts and references sent to:

FLAS coordinator, South Asia Institute
The University of Texas at Austin, WCH 4.132 (G9300)
Austin, Texas 78712
Phone: (512) 232-9096 Fax: (512) 471-3336

Important FLAS Fellowship Dates:
• Applications are due on February 13, 2013 by 4:00 pm
• Notifications of awards are sent out at the end of March 2013

For more detailed information on the FLAS Fellowship please consult the FAQ document at the following link:

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    This application has no save feature. No information is transmitted to the South Asia Institute until it is submitted. There are four essay questions at the end: Previous Language Training Discuss each language in which you have had formal training (undergraduate or graduate), the number of years of instruction, and the school attended. If your language facility was gained in other ways, such as through overseas experience, explain where, when, and indicate current proficiency [125-175 words]. Academic and Career Goals In one paragraph, describe how the language and area training you receive during the period of your FLAS fellowship will help prepare you to achieve your academic and career goals [125-175 words]. Research and Coursework Describe your training to date, your primary research interests, and the themes in your coursework and/or thesis or dissertation projects [500-1500 words]. The evaluation committee understands that beginning or early graduate students may have rudimentary thesis or dissertation plans, while more advanced students will be able to lay out plans for major research projects in some detail. Likewise, the committee understands that essays from those in professional schools or other non-thesis degree programs will be quite different from essays written by students planning theses or dissertations. So, view this essay as a chance to inform the committee of your current thoughts on how you hope to advance knowledge in your field or use your training to prepare for valuable work in a profession. Writing Sample Please submit an additional writing sample [750-1250 words]

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